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The eyes are one of the first features people notice, and one way to get yours looking their best is to curl your eyelashes to perfection. That's why so many makeup professionals swear by one tool: the eyelash curler. The handy—and sometimes intimidating—makeup essential can do everything from add volume to fanning out the eyelashes in one use. When used on straighter lashes, the tool can even make your mascara application look better.
An eyelash curler is made up of a curved eyepiece to match up with your eye shape, a rubber or silicone pad for comfort and to prevent pinching while clamping, and easy-to-use handles that mimic a pair of scissors. The process should take about 10 seconds and can be repeated until lashes are perfectly curled. Leading makeup artists share why everyone needs an eyelash curler in their makeup bag, and which ones they swear by to lift, lengthen, and curl lashes.
The Best Eyelash Curlers to Buy Now
Best for Any Eye Shape: Troy Surratt Relevee Lash Curler
Best Deal: Shisiedo Eyelash Curler
Best Drugstore Find: Revlon Eyelash Curler
Best for Travel: Preo Prima Shogyo Eyelash Curler
Best for Short Lashes: Coloured Raine Lash Curler
Best Heated: Chella Heated Eyelash Curler
Best for Sensitive Eyes: Saie The Lash Curler
Best for Any Eye Shape
This lash curler is easy to use and works with any eye shape, but Charlie Riddle, Stila global beauty director, especially loves that it "has silicone pads that prevent lash breakage and helps you create this fanned out cat-eye look."
Shop Now: Surratt "Relevee" Lash Curler, $34, amazon.com.
Investing in a quality eyelash curler is a serious matter, which is why Shadi Malek, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Lashes by Shadi, swears by Shisiedo's Eyelash Curler. "I love this eyelash curler because it accommodates all eye shapes with its flagged curvature that contours to the lid really well. It also comes with a refill pad in the box, which makes the price worthwhile and the main reason it's been my staple eyelash curler for years," says she.
Shop Now: Shisiedo Eyelash Curler, $22, ulta.com.
Best Drugstore Option
Revlon's curler proves a premium eyelash curler doesn't have to break the bank. With an unbeatable price point and a gently rounded pad that "minimizes tugging and pulling while still creating a dramatic curl in just one use," celebrity makeup artist Cara Lovello says this is an all-around winner.
Shop Now: Revlon Eyelash Curler, $5.99, ulta.com.
Best for Short Lashes
If your lashes are naturally short, your makeup bag needs to have the Coloured Raine Lash Curler. "It doesn't pinch, gives a beautiful curl to short lashes, and the price is right," says AJ Crimson, makeup artist, founder and CEO of Aj Crimson Beauty.
Shop Now: Coloured Raine Lash Curler, $10, colouredraine.com.
Jessica Smalls, a celebrity makeup artist, recommends this heated option. Like a curling iron—but safer—for your eyelashes, this heated eyelash curler will lead to your most fanned-out, curled lashes ever.
Shop Now: Chella Heated Eyelash Curler, $22, macys.com.
Best for Travel
Smalls recommends Preo Prima Shogyo eyelash curler for its compactness. It's perfect for curling hard-to-reach inner and outer lashes. Plus, it's also great for short eyelashes thanks to its design.
Shop Now: Preo Prima Shogyo Eyelash Curler, $19.80, amazon.com.
Best for Sensitive Eyes
This curler checks all the boxes, says Malek: "It makes lashes look incredible, has a cushy silicone pad to prevent any pinching, and looks super cute and not scary, which is important for beginners."
Shop Now: Saie The Lash Curler, $18, modesens.com.